Bill and I travel to many countries while visiting the orphans in our care. During such trips, we joke about writing a book called “Toilets of the World,” to share some of our experiences. We have seen our fair share of awful toilets such as pit latrines or overflowing and non-working toilets. A few rural places in places like India offer fields instead of proper toilets. I also learned to travel with toilet paper since not everywhere provides it. Poverty does not give the luxury of clean restrooms to many in the world. Diseases spread because of these unfortunate sanitation situations. When we travel somewhere new, I wait with baited breathe to see if we will have porcelain or not.
Are you wondering why I am bringing up toilets on a blog? The kind of poverty that does not allow for clean sanitation reminds me how blessed I am to live in the developed world. Pit latrines help me to be thankful for even the littlest things in my life.
James 1:17 (NIV) “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
Webster defines thankfulness as “conscious of benefits received.” The Bible gives us many verses about being Thankful. One verse that comes to mind as a stand over a pit latrine in a developing country is 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Another verse that I think about is Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” God instructs us throughout the bible to give thanks often and in every situation.
Psalm 118:1 (NIV) “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
I find it harder to remember to be grateful when things are going great. Why do I forget to be thankful to my Lord and Savior when life is comfortable? I often forget to thank the One who gives me life and breathe every day. So, I try to find ways to help me to remember to give thanks. I decided to keep a photo of a pit latrine from one of our mission trips to Kenya on my computer. This picture is my reminder to give thanks in all circumstances. What do you do to remind yourself of how blessed you are by God and always to give thanks?
Prayer: Jesus, I am so thankful for my family, my home, my porcelain toilet and all you have provided for me. Help me remember to praise you and thank you for everything in my life. Amen.
Yvonne, Blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”